Prescribed burn set for south of Valemount

BC Timber Sales and the BC Wildfire Service are planning to conduct a 15-hectare prescribed burn in the Clemina Creek area, about 30 kilometres south of Valemount and about 60 kilometres north of Blue River.

This controlled burn could begin as early as Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, weather permitting. Smoke is expected to be highly visible from Highway 5.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

* preparing the site for silviculture (tree planting); and

* reducing accumulations of dead and combustible material to decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area.

This burn will proceed only if site, weather and venting conditions are suitable and allow for a low- to moderate-intensity fire.

All prescribed burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. This helps minimize the amount of smoke generated.

Fire is a normal and natural process in many of British Columbia’s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns) to help reduce the severity of future wildfires and related threats to communities.

Report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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